[verb trans-fawrm; noun trans-fawrm]
- to change in form, appearance, or structure; metamorphose.
- to change in condition, nature, or character; convert.
- to change into another substance; transmute.
- Mathematics. to change the form of (a figure, expression, etc.) without in general changing the value.
- Physics. to change into another form of energy.
- to undergo a change in form, appearance, or character; become transformed.
Origin of transform
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1. transfigure. T ransform , convert mean to change one thing into another. T ransform suggests changing from one form, appearance, structure, or type to another: to transform soybeans into oil and meal by pressure. C onvert suggests so changing the characteristics as to change the use or purpose: to convert a barn into a house.
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Examples from the Web for transforming
For the Brogpas, transforming into a tourist attraction may offer their community a way to generate much-needed income.The Himalayas’ Hidden Aryans
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In this understanding, art is like a medicine or a toxin, transforming its audience for good or ill.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
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First, it turns out that when it comes to transforming light into electricity, will can be more important than natural resources.It’s Always Sunny In England
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Local policy issues in Muslim countries are transforming into US and European national security threats.To Beat ISIS, the Arab World Must Promote Political and Religious Reforms
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Day by day, the National Football League is transforming into less of a sport and more of a full-time damage control operation.How Could the NFL Not Know About the Brutal Second Ray Rice Tape?
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Finally they asked him to show them some of his transforming arts.The Chinese Fairy Book
Many were their cares, too, in transforming the old pavilion into a farm.Fruitfulness
It is a question of nothing less than of transforming him into furnished lodgings.The Industries of Animals
The dirty cot, the dirty cell, the dirty floor, a point of view was transforming.The Paliser case
The Smith was compelled to try his hand at transforming the seigneur.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
- to alter or be altered radically in form, function, etc
- (tr) to convert (one form of energy) to another form
- (tr) maths to change the form of (an equation, expression, etc) by a mathematical transformation
- (tr) to increase or decrease (an alternating current or voltage) using a transformer
- maths the result of a mathematical transformation, esp (of a matrix or an element of a group) another related to the given one by B = X –1 AX for some appropriate X
C14: from Latin transformāre, from trans- + formāre to form
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Word Origin and History for transforming
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